Physical Therapy is an exciting and challenging health career which applies scientific principles to prevent and remedy problems with human movement. The physical therapy profession is based on the recognition that the individual seeks to function autonomously and to engage in meaningful recreational, occupational and social tasks.
Physical Therapists are health professionals who assist individuals to develop and maximize their function and to move in an effective, efficient and pain-free manner. Physical therapists (PTs) focus on movement science, i.e., strength and flexibility that enable walking, work related activities and other related actions. PTs work in many health care settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, nursing homes, senior centers, home care agencies, schools, and rehabilitation centers.
In the United States, a license is required for physical therapists to practice. In most states, new graduates must have either completed the licensure process with passing grades on the exam or hold a temporary license before they are allowed to treat patients. Students should be aware that professional licensing agencies and prospective employers may require police checks and/or criminal history disclosure. Conviction of any offense beyond parking or traffic tickets may impede future licensure or employment.
For more information about physical therapy, check the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) web site at http://www.apta.org/ .